You Can’t Shoot The Same Shot Twice

You can’t shoot the same shot twice. I’m sure you might have known this already. I initially wrote on this article and it’s reasoning behind shooting the same shot twice. I however wanted to highlight the idea of shots , more so with shots representing a career rather than a point throw at a basketball game. Many famous people on your TV screens and phones now, have taken multiple shots at their careers. The story of Alexander Graham Bell and his repetitive attempts to invent the telephone is one recounted around the world to build inspiration, affirming the need for perseverance in the face of challenges. So going back to the “You can’t shoot the same shot twice”. It might not be possible to make the same mistakes you made and end up in the same place if you are self-aware and looking to succeed. Here are some athletes who have taken a first, second and even third shot at their career.

This article tells us about famous people who failed at their first career attempt.

Michael Jordan: Most people know this famous quote by Michael Jordan “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Well, Michael said this to reflect on the challenges he faced in building a career as an athlete.


Stan Smith: Used to be a ball bow for a tennis club, and even got kicked out of a tennis match because event organizers felt he was too clumsy and uncoordinated. Smith went on to prove them wrong, showcasing his not-so-clumsy skills by winning Wimbledon, U. S. Open and eight Davis Cups.

Sport, Tennis, All England Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, England, 3rd July 1971, Mens Singles Final, Defending Champion, Australia's John Newcombe, holds the trophy aloft after winning the tournament by beating USA's Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4,

Babe Ruth: Most people don’t know that Babe Ruth once had a record number of strikeouts. In responding to an inquiry about this part of he responded, he could be quoted saying  “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”


The goal here is to never give up, or rather to persevere through unfavorable circumstances. You never know what the next shot can do for your career.